Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pineal gland, a small pea-sized gland located in the brain. The body regulates melatonin production by“turning on” production during the mid-late evening hours, and causing a release of melatonin into the bloodstream.
Normally, melatonin levels remain high throughout the night, and then drop off in the early morning when the sun starts coming up. This is because melatonin is responsible for keeping the body’s sleep wake cycle in balance. It also allows for the body to go into a deeper REM state of sleep. The REM phase of sleep is important for cell rejuvenation and repair, as well as for keeping the immune system functioning healthily. Natural melatonin levels decrease with age, and in some adults, production can stop completely. In addition to keeping the immune system healthy, replacement of natural levels improves sleeping patterns, leaving the body feeling refreshed with increased energy and improved mood.
Melatonin functions provide the body with many benefits including:
- Restores sleep
- Reduces night time urination
- Treats jet lag
- Helps fight inflammation
- Acts as a powerful antioxidant
That is why if you have noticed a decrease in your ability to fall asleep, or a decrease in energy levels, you could benefit from melatonin supplement therapy. By increasing melatonin levels in your body, you could revamp your energy for healthier daily functions. If you are interested in learning more about the many benefits of supplement therapy, reach out to us here at Androgenix Advanced Health and Wellness Center. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!